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Boxer and Enterprize, ca. 1840

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Boxer and Enterprize, ca. 1840 / Maine Historical Society

It has been said that Captain Lemuel Moody relayed details about the sea fight from the top of the 86 foot tower of the Portland Observatory. Since the battle took place off Monhegan Island, miles from shore, it would have been impossible to see anything and unlikely anything would have been heard. The "thundering o'er the tide" is poetic license on Longfellow's part.


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